Also known as spider or broken veins, the thread veins are probably one of the last things you may think about until you notice them on your body. In most of the cases, they appear on the legs and according to a recent study, these affect 88% of women and 79% of men.

Telangiectasia or thread veins are dilated small blood vessels, which appear on the legs under the surface of the skin.

What causes thread veins?

Rarely, the thread veins could be a serious symptom of vascular issues, however, it it usually harmless. Thread veins generally appear with age however, they could also form as a result of the following:

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing

What are the treatment options?

When it comes to the best treatment for thread veins, laser therapy, sclerotherapy or a mixture of both are the best available options, however, this will be decided following an initial consultation with your doctor.

With short pulses of laser light and several types of lasers used, laser therapy destroys smaller blood vessels.

If the thread veins are bigger than 4mm, sclerotherapy is the next best option. In this case, with a tiny needle is injected a solution that leads to microscopic damage to the cells lining the vein. The vein gradually shrinks and fades over approximately eight weeks. It does require multiple sessions depending on the severity of the situation.

Side effects and pain.

Complications are extremely rare, however, a skin ulcer can develop after sclerotherapy and some patients experience a brown discolouration of the skin which may take a few months to fade away. A cluster of tiny redvessels around the treated area could also be one of the side effects, however these can normally be cleared by laser treatment at a later date. A very rare side effect is developing a blood clot in the vein (deep vein thrombosis).

The treatment shouldn’t be painful and the sensation of a lasertherapy is “often described as similar to a rubber band pinging against your skin”. A local anaesthetic cream can be used if you require.

With the sclerotherapy procedure you may experience a pricking sensation of the needle. Normally a local anaesthetic is injected into the vein with the sclerosant solution so the pain is minimal. The thread veins treatments normally last for approximately 20-30 minutes.

What is the success rate?

Veins on the thighs are easier to treat as opposed to the thread veins on the lower part of the leg, particularly the ankle area. It’s not normally possible to treat all of the veins, however, around 90% clearance is possible.

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